Seven (7) Caribbean-wide health safety and environmental (HSE) “clean and green” hospitality standards have been developed to improve health, safety and environmental quality in the hospitality sector. These standards were developed under the authority of the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) through CARPHA THP. These are now being submitted for approval as the CARICOM Regional Hospitality Standards to the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED):
The adoption and implementation of these standards by the Caribbean tourism industry, will significantly reduce the adverse impact of HSE issues, which in turn would increase the contribution of the sector to the economic well-being of the region. Implementing these standards will be the comparative advantage, as it would protect the region’s fragile environment and lead to a safer and better-quality environmental product, and a standards-based certified destination, which increases the comparative advantage of Caribbean tourism. Substantial benefits are possible if these standards are adopted and referenced in legislation/regulation that can be made sufficiently similar across the Caribbean Region. One such benefit is a substantial improvement in health food safety and environmental sanitary conditions in the hospitality sector throughout the region. The implementation of the standards would be recognised by the Association of British Travellers (ABTA) and other tour operators. Certified facilities would also be published on CTO, CHTA, CARPHA websites.
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